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Lebanese Rubbed Salad

Rated as 4.82 out of 5 Stars

"This is an amazing and unusual salad that is fun for kids to help make. The method sounds strange, but once you try it, you'll want a massaged salad all the time! The salad will look a bit wilted, but it will taste delicious!"
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20 m servings 139
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. Place the salad greens in a large bowl. Add the cucumber, garlic, cherry tomatoes, and Feta cheese. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, toss to blend. Drizzle with vinegar and olive oil.
  2. Using clean hands (all rings removed), rub the salad ingredients together for 2 minutes to thoroughly work the oil, vinegar, and seasonings into the greens.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 139 calories; 9.9 10.3 4.1 11 240 Full nutrition

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This was a great salad! However, I believe the dressing ratios are incorrect. I tried it with 50/50 vinegar to olive oil and would have gagged on vinegar. The olive oil amount has to be doubled ...

This is an excellent recipe and my favorite salad! We make it with spinach and I do think the rubbing makes the salad even better. We make this salad several times a week. Sometimes I substit...

This was delicious but in all honesty, I don't think the massaging made any difference at all. I made it with an English cucumber that I had peeled strips of skin off with a veggie peeler, and b...

This was good, but added some artichoke hearts and greek olives to it- I love the taste of balsamic vinegar so the ratio was perfect

excellent, my husband and i were licking our plates when the salad was all gone! I also did not "rub" the lettuce. I marinated everything except the lettuce for a few hours then poured it over t...

Great salad BUT I found it a little bland. I added 2 tbsp of lemon juice and that took care of it. Also a few extra garlic cloves. My husband loved it!

Great simple and fast salad but, I added a little more garlic and a lot of fresh cracked pepper. It was definitely fun to "rub" it though!

Loved it! Perfect as is and doesn't need anything else....expect maybe double the recipe!

This is such a great idea! I've "rubbed" many salads since I found this recipe.